Valley criminals sitting on Texas Death Row

There are 14 former Rio Grande Valley residents on Texas Death Row

The Rio Grande Valley has seen more than its fair share of heinous and brutal crimes.

But only 23 of those crimes ended with the suspects being sentenced to death.

Some 505 inmates have been executed in Texas since 1982.

Of those executed inmates, ten of them were from the Valley.

Six of the executed inmates were from Cameron County while four were from Hidalgo County.

Of the 275 inmates currently sitting on Texas Death Row, some 13 of them are from the Valley.

Nine of those inmates waiting for execution are from Hidalgo County while four of them are from Cameron County.

Action 4 News has compiled mugshots and details from their cases.

These are the stories of the 13 people waiting on Texas Death Row for Valley crimes.

Melissa Elizabeth Lucio Date of Birth: 07/18/1968Date of Offense: 02/17/2007

Summary of Incident On 02/17/2007 in Harlingen, Texas, EMT found victim not breathing and with no vital signs. While EMT personnel attempted to care for the child, they cut off the victim's shirt and found purple and green bruises on her entire torso, head, face and right shoulder. The subject was arrested and transported to the Cameron County Jail.

Co-Defendants Robert Antonio Alvarez

Douglas Armstrong Date of Birth: 03/20/1970Date of Offense: 04/21/06

Summary of Incident On April 21, 2006 in Hidalgo County, the subject cut the throat of a 50-60 year-old Hispanic male with a box cutter. The subject then robbed the victim of an unknown amount of money. The subject was arrested a short time later.

Co-Defendants None

John Allen Rubio Date of Birth: 08/12/1980Date of Offense: 03/11/2003

Summary of Incident On March 11, 2003, in Cameron County, Texas, Rubio and co-defendant Camacho fatally stabbed and beheaded Rubio's 2 month old daughter, his 1 year old son and Camacho's 3 year old daughter.

Co-Defendants Maria Angela Camacho

Rodolfo Alvarez Medrano Date of Birth: 05/14/1979Date of Offense: 01/05/2003

Summary of Incident On 01/05/2003 in Hidalgo County, Texas, Medrano and 10 co-defendants entered a private residence. After demanding drugs, money and guns, the subjects fatally shot 6 Hispanic males.

Co-Defendants Juan Ramirez, Robert Garza, Robert Cantu, Humberto Garza, Juan Cardova, Jeffrey Juarez, Jorge Martinez, Reymundo Sauceda, Salvador Doliz, and Marcial Bocanegra

Humberto Garza Date of Birth: 07/24/1974Date of Offense: 01/05/2003

Summary of Incident On 1/5/2003 in Hidalgo County, Texas, Garza and 10 co-defendants entered two private residences and fatally shot six Hispanic males.

Co-Defendants Rudy Medrano, Robert Cantu, George Martinez, Robert Garcia, Juan Raul Ramirez, Jeffrey Juarez, Marcial Bocanegra, Juan Cordova, Salvador Solis, and Reymundo Sauceda.

Juan R. Navarro-Ramirez Date of Birth: 03/11/1984Date of Offense: 01/05/2003

Summary of Incident On 01/05/2003 in Hidalgo County, Texas, Navarro-Ramirez and 10 co-defendants entered a residence to steal a large quantity of marijuana. During the course of stealing the marijuana, Navarro-Ramirez and his co-defendants killed six Hispanic males.

Co-Defendants Juan Arturo Villarreal Cordova "Juanon", Robert Garza "Bobby", Jeffrey Juarez "Dragon", Reymundo Sauceda "Kito", Robert Cantu "Robbie", Salvador Solis "Little Sal", Juan Miguel Nunez "Perro", Juan Ramirez "Ram", Jorge Espinosa Martinez "Coche", and one unknown co-defendant.

Jose Alfredo Rivera Date of Birth: 06/10/1977Date of Offense: 09/05/1998

Summary of Incident Convicted in the sexual assault and strangulation of 3-year-old Luis Daniel Polanco in Brownsville. The young victim was led by a neighbor to Lincoln Park, where he was sexually assaulted by Rivera and strangled with the elastic from his own underwear. His nude body was found floating in a park pond the next day.

Co-Defendants: Veronica Patricia Zavala

Ruben Gutierrez Date of Birth: 06/10/1977Date of Offense: 09/05/1998

Summary of Incident On 09/05/98 in Brownsville, Gutierrez and co-defendants, Rene Garcia and Pedro Gracia Garza, Jr., fatally injured an 85-year old Hispanic female in her home. The victim was the owner of a mobile home park. The victim was in her mobile home, which she also used as an office at the time of the offense. Gutierrez and his co-defendants entered into the victim's office with the intent to rob the victim of money she kept in a safe. Upon entering into the office, the victim was struck one time in the head, with the intent of knocking the victim out. When the victim struggled, she was repeatedly struck in the head multiple times with blows from fist and steel toe shoes. The victim was also stabbed multiple times in the head with a screwdriver. Autopsy reports indicate that multiple head bashing resulted in broken cheekbones and damage to the brain, resulting in death. The subject and the codefendant fled the victim's reasoned with a minimum of $56,000.

Co-Defendants Rene Garcia; Pedro Garza

Pablo Lucio Vasquez Date of Birth: 08/11/1977Date of Offense: 04/18/1998

Summary of Incident On 04/18/98, during the nighttime, in Donna, Texas, the subject and co-defendant, Andy Chapa, murdered a 12-year old Hispanic male. Vasquez struck the victim in the head with a piece of pipe and a shovel. The victim's body was buried behind a residence located on Stites Road and FM 493. Vasquez took a ring and a necklace from the victim. Vasquez and the co-defendant had met the victim at a local party.

Co-Defendants Andy Chapa

Ruben Ramirez Cardenas Date of Birth: 04/07/1970Date of Offense: 02/22/1997

Summary of Incident On 02/22/97, in Edinburg, Cardenas and a co-defendant committed the offense of capital murder against a 16-year old Hispanic female. Cardenas entered the victim's residence through a window, tied her up with duct tape, then put her in a vehicle with the co-defendant and drove to a remote location. Cardenas raped the victim, beat her severely with his fists, and strangled her, causing her death. Cardenas dumped her body into a nearby canal.

Co-Defendants Tony Castillo

Jose Noey Martinez Date of Birth: 12/31/1975Date of Offense: 02/19/1995

Summary of Incident Convicted in the February 1995 stabbing death of 68-year-old Esperanza Palomo and her 4-year-old granddaughter Amanda Palomo. Martinez told police he broke into her home to steal a TV and a stereo but the elderly woman confronted him with a baseball bat. Martinez sexually assaulted the elderly woman and stabbed her to death. Martinez said stabbed the girl death when she started crying and then ejaculated on her body. Martinez reportedly showed no remorse for the killings. While being escorted out of the courtroom following his conviction, Martinez reportedly looked at the family of the victims and said, "It's not over yet."

Co-Defendants: None

Robert Moreno Ramos Date of Birth: 05/23/1954Date of Offense: 02/07/1992

Summary of Incident Convicted in the February 1992 slaying of his wife and children in the the family's home in Progreso. Killed were Leticia Ramos, age 42, Abigail Ramos, age 7, and Jonathan Ramos, age 3. All were beaten with a blunt object and died of skull fractures. Their bodies were found more than a month later buired beneath the bathroom floor of the home after Mrs. Ramos' sister reported them missing. Abigail's hands had been bound by tape and her mouth gagged prior to her death. Robert Ramos first told relatives that his family had died in an automobile accident but couldn't say where. He then claimed to have found his family dead after returning home from a day of job seeking. He later confessed, saying he fled to Arkansas after the murders and discarded the murder weapon, which was never found. Ramos married another woman three days after killing his family and moved into the home where they were buried.

Co-Defendants: None

Hector Torres Garcia Date of Birth: 05/10/1961Date of Offense: 08/25/1989

Summary of Incident Convicted in the August 1989 killing of 14-year-old Eduard Rios during the robbery of a convenience store. The victim was waiting inside the store for her sister, 17-year-old Adelmina Rio, to get off from her job as a clear at the L&S Mart, 10 miles north of Edinurg. Garcia put a gun to the boy's head and demanded money from the cash register. As Adelmina Rios was emptying the cash register, Garcia reportedly shot the boy in the in the head. He then shot Adelmina as she reached down to the floor to retrieve some money that had fallen from the counter. She survived a stomach wound to later identify Garcia as the assailant. Between $300 to $600 was taken in the robbery. Garcia fled the scene in a car with three accomplices.

Co-Defendants: Amelio Garza, capital murder case was pending; Edward Morales, given immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony against Garcia. No evidence was discovered to link the third accomplice, a juvenile to the crime.